Paul Johnson, Vicar

Dear Friends, 

My wife Bernadette and I have been married thirty years, and are the parents of three grown sons.  I grew up outside of Chicago; have lived in Florida, North Carolina, Connecticut, and Virginia; and now, God has been kind enough to give us a home here in the Lake Travis area.

After serving with congregations in Virginia for twenty-three years, we were called to Lake Travis in December, 2013 to help Church of the Cross be born.  I am part of this ministry because I’m always excited to see what new things God has in store; and that you…whoever you are that’s reading this…might receive and discover the full, rich, encouraging, and challenging relationship with God that the Lord intends for you.

I’m a runner, and occasional cyclist.  I’ve played bass in a band or two.  I enjoy a good book that makes me think, and movies that make me laugh.  My life verse is Luke 12:32, “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” It’s a word from the scriptures that reminds us that God’s promise is goodness, and mercy, and love, and generosity, and peace, and joy; and that always, God wants a relationship with us.

If you are looking for a church home, the adventure of helping a new people be created, and the excitement that comes from witnessing what God is up to next, we invite you to come along with Church of the Cross.

Blessings to you this day, and I bid you God’s grace and peace.


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Emily Pellegrini, Children’s Minister

Hi, I’m Emily Pellegrini. I joined Episcopal Church of the Cross LakeTravis as the Children’s Minister in July 2018. Before that, I worked as a Sunday School Teacher and Caregiver in two other churches for over 5 years, starting when I was still a student at Texas Tech University. Each position I’ve held allowed me the joy of bringing Jesus into households, and led me closer to God in my personal faith journey. I’m very thankful for this new opportunity to teach kids about how God can be their friend in everyday life. In my spare time, I like to explore Austin’s outdoor beauty, travel, and cook new recipes.

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